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Online auctions hook Malaysian seafood lovers

Fish sold that way is often cheaper than at wet markets and buyers can get cooking tips

A young Chinese man dressed casually in a T-shirt calls out for bids in rapid-fire Mandarin. In front of him is a large red fish, sitting atop a tray of ice. The man looks at his phone - secured on a tripod facing him - and asks for more bids before the allotted two minutes is up. He then moves to his next item.

But there are no actual customers in front of his booth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2019, with the headline 'Online auctions hook Malaysian seafood lovers'. Print Edition | Subscribe